Boarding school pupils who are not returning to their own families for mid-term breaks may need host families to look after them while the school is closed.

Welcoming and caring host families are the key to relaxing exeats and half-term holidays. We have a wide network of host families including English families, Asian families, families with children at home, and families whose children have grown up. We always endeavour to match each child with the most appropriate family. Parents are welcome to express a preference for the type of family they think would best suit their child, and we will try to accommodate these preferences if possible.

Host families provide a separate bedroom for each student (unless pupils are sharing by prior agreement), all meals and wifi internet access. They help with laundry and any other day-to-day issues which may arise.

We ask our host families to look after your child as a member of the family, and we ask your child to behave as a member of the family, which includes respecting household rules.

Homestay can be an extremely rewarding experience for both student and family members, and often leads to lifelong friendships.

When I first arrived at my host family’s home I was relatively nervous because it’s a new environment for me but they did not pressure me nor made me feel uncomfortable. They are very friendly and make me feel that I am welcomed very soon after I arrived. Besides as I have special dietary needs I couldn’t have certain food but they happily catered a great variety of food that I could eat. My host family also kindly helped me when I asked if my friend could stay with me when my friend had trouble finding places to stay. Overall I am very grateful and happy that I could have my host family as they have given me the feeling of being loved.

Guardianship student

We choose our host families very carefully. All adults in the house are police-checked (DBS) and we also take up two references for each family.
Trusted Guardianship does not deduct commission on payments to host families – all monies are paid directly to the family.

我是2016年加入Zakiyah 的”可信监护” 成为寄宿家庭的。至今有三个中国孩子来我家寄宿。现在固定来我家寄宿的是一个15 岁的香港孩子。孩子们和我们一家都相处得很愉快,尤其喜欢我们家的饭菜。这些孩子小小年纪出国求学,很不容易,所以每次他们来,我都会准备丰富的食物,让他们有回家的感觉。我也很高兴认识了Zakiyah。她为人谦和,考虑事情很周到,我们合作得很愉快。我也非常希望能继续跟Zakiyah 合作下去,为更多的出国求学的中国孩子提供帮助。

We became a host family in 2016. and so far 3 Chinese children have stayed with my family. Now I have a 15 year old child from Hong Kong who regularly comes and stays with us. My family has got along well with all the children. They particularly like our food. These children go abroad at such a young age, so I always try to prepare delicious food to make them feel as though they are back home. I am also very pleased to know Zakiyah and work with her. She is very kind and thoughtful. I am very happy to continue working with Zakiyah and provide help for more children from China.

Host mother


Trusted Guardianship is always looking for new host families

Could you give a warm welcome to an international student aged 8-18 for occasional weekends and/or half term holidays?
If so, you can register online here.
If you would like more information on becoming a host family, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to hear from you.

The parents of our guardianship students understand the importance of the role our host families play in providing home comfort and security during the periods when their child is not at boarding school, and are invariably very appreciative.


親愛的Ms Zakiyah,
多謝你過往在學期休假其間為Chester的一切安排,當中包括寄宿家庭,交通及任可向你查詢的事項,你都能盡速回應及安排,令我們無需擔心。而寄宿家庭亦提供舒適溫暖的住宿,其間亦提供地道的膳食。希望你能代表我們向Alison 及 Amanda 道謝。

致此 敬意
Mon Chow

Dear Zakiyah,
Thank you for all your arrangements for Chester in the school half-term break, including host family, transportation. And any matter that when we made the inquiry that you could respond promptly and make arrangements so that we do not have to worry about it.
Host families also provided comfortable and warm accommodation, while also offering authentic meals. Hope you can thank Alison and Amanda on our behalf.

Here again, thank you for your dedicated services.
Best wishes
Mon Chow